News

July 2015

July 31st 2015
In an interview with the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, Drugs, Security and Democracy fellow Annette Iris Idler (2012) discusses her DSD-supported research findings on the impacts of violent non-state groups on peace processes and peacebuilding →
July 21st 2015
The Drugs, Security and Democracy Program has selected its 2015 cohort, providing dissertation and postdoctoral fellowships to international scholars for five policy-relevant research projects in English, Spanish, and Portuguese →
July 17th 2015
Drugs, Security and Democracy fellow Javier Osorio (2011) was awarded the top prize in the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime’s 4th International Thesis Competition on Victimization, Crime and Justice in Latin America for his DSD-supported dissertation "Hobbes on Drugs: Understanding Drug Violence in Mexico" →
July 10th 2015
Through her ethnographic fellowship research in Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, Drugs, Security and Democracy fellow Erika M. Robb Larkins (2013) shows how favela violence is produced as a marketable global brand in The Spectacular Favela: Violence in Modern Brazil (now available from University of California Press) →
July 2nd 2015
Drugs, Security and Democracy and International Dissertation Research Fellowship fellow Alex Fattal (2012 and 2009) has been awarded the 2015 Martin Diskin Memorial Dissertation Award by the Latin American Studies Association and Oxfam America in recognition of his creative combination of activism and scholarship →

June 2015

June 3rd 2015
Drugs, Security and Democracy fellow Corina Giacomello (2011), a member of the Washington Office on Latin America’s Working Group on Women, Drug Policies, and Incarceration in the Americas, discusses her Mexico-based research on women who are incarcerated for drug-related offenses as well as the group’s policy-relevant aims →

May 2015

May 18th 2015
Drugs, Security and Democracy fellow Graham Denyer Willis (2011) draws on ethnographic fieldwork from his São Paulo–based fellowship research in The Killing Consensus: Police, Organized Crime, and the Regulation of Life and Death in Urban Brazil, now available from University of California Press →

March 2015

March 18th 2015
Drugs, Security and Democracy fellows Adam D. Baird (2011), Kevin Lewis O'Neill (2011), and Ana Teresa Villarreal Montemayor (2012) each contributed a chapter to the edited volume Violence at the Urban Margins, now available from Oxford University Press →
March 9th 2015
Drugs, Security and Democracy fellow Isaac Campos-Costero (2013) coedited a special issue of the Hispanic American Historical Review titled "The New Drug History of the Americas," featuring articles by DSD and International Dissertation Research Fellowship fellows Valeria Manzano (2013 and 2006) and Lina Britto (2011 and 2009), now available from Duke University Press →

February 2015

February 23rd 2015
“Captive Bodies: Migrant Kidnapping and Deportation in Mexico”: Drugs, Security and Democracy fellow Jeremy Slack (2013) draws on his DSD-supported research in an article for the Royal Geological Society journal Area that examines how people's relationship to the US-Mexico border shapes their vulnerability to kidnapping →
February 19th 2015
Reminder: applications for the Drugs, Security and Democracy Fellowship, supporting short-term research that contributes to the literature on drugs in Latin America and the Caribbean on topics and countries that are central to drug policy discussions in the region and beyond, are due March 2 →

January 2015

January 22nd 2015
Fellow Jeremy Slack (2013) draws on his Drugs, Security and Democracy research as a Cronkite News source for an article on heroin trafficking across the Arizona border →
January 7th 2015
“Ganja and Globalization in St. Vincent”: Drugs, Security and Democracy fellow Kevin Edmonds (2014) discusses his research on the economic effects of the World Trade Organization and the movement toward the liberalization of drug laws in the Caribbean in an article for Stabroek News, Guyana’s leading daily newspaper →

December 2014

December 19th 2014
Now open for applications: the Drugs, Security and Democracy (DSD) Program Fellowship, supporting short-term research that contributes to the literature on drugs in Latin America and the Caribbean, on topics and countries that are central to drug policy discussions in the region and beyond (due March 2) →

November 2014

November 18th 2014
Illicit Networks and Politics in Latin America, coedited by DSD fellow Catalina Uribe Burcher (2012), is now available from the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy, and the Netherlands Institute of International Relations [in Spanish] →
November 13th 2014
"Race, Class, and Cannabis in the Caribbean": DSD fellow Kevin Edmonds (2014) writes on the complexities of drug legalization in an article for the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) →
November 10th 2014
DSD fellow Thomas Grisaffi (2013) has published an updated version of his encyclopedia article “Drugs Policy Reform in Latin America” in South America, Central America and the Caribbean 2015 (Routledge) →

October 2014

October 2nd 2014
In the latest On the Line podcast, Drugs, Security and Democracy fellow Thomas Grisaffi (2013) discusses his research on social and economic policy surrounding coco leaf production in Chapare Province, Bolivia →

September 2014

September 24th 2014
2013 DSD fellows Zoe Pearson and Thomas Grisaffi coauthored a piece for Foreign Policy in Focus: “Washington Snubs Bolivia on Drug Policy Reform, Again” →
September 3rd 2014
DSD fellow Kevin Lewis O’Neill (2011) leads reporter Linda Pressly through Pentecostal churches in Guatemala as she investigates compulsory drug rehabilitation in a program for BBC Radio →